ORLANDO, Fla. — The attorney for the former neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin said Monday he believes that the facts that will be argued in the case fall more under traditional self-defense.
Mark O'Mara, who is defending George Zimmerman against a second-degree murder charge in the fatal February shooting, said looking at the case through traditional self-defense circumstances is appropriate because the facts suggest his client couldn't retreat from a beating he was receiving from Martin.
Zimmerman's attorneys said last week that they would use Florida's "stand your ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force – rather than retreat – if they believe their lives are in danger.
"The facts don't seem to support a `stand your ground' defense," O'Mara said.
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